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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from a medieval personal name, originally an Old English patronymic from the personal names Cūl(a) or Cēola. The former may be from a Germanic root kūl ‘swollen’; the latter is a short form of various compound names with the first element cēol ‘ship’.
  • English : habitational name from a place in Kent named Cooling, from the Old English tribal name Cūlingas ‘people of Cūl(a)’.

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